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Things to do in Seattle in June 2014

Thursday May 29, 2014

Somehow, it's already June. The year is quite literally flying by. With each new month, there are new events calendars to peruse and new happenings to enjoy. June is one of my favorite months to get out -- and this June is no exception!

In Seattle...

Nothing says summer like a Mariners game and there are several at Safeco Field throughout the month. If you enjoy theatre shows, "Little Shop of Horrors" is still on at ACT Theatre, "Once" is at the Paramount, and "Porgy and Bess" is on stage at the 5th Avenue. Other highlights in June include Brit Floyd at McCaw Hall and Cher at KeyArena.

See the full Seattle events calendar for more.

In Tacoma...

June brings on a couple of the city's coolest summer festivals--Taste of Tacoma and the Maritime Gig Festival. Other highlights include a Cruise-In at the LeMay Marymount Events Center in Spanaway, the Tacoma History Hike for those who want to dig into the history of the South Sound, or even a Rock & Walk for Babies at Cheney Stadium.

See the full Tacoma events calendar for more.

Also check out: Summer concerts in 2014 and Seafair events

Things to do in Seattle - Week of 5/26/2014

Friday May 23, 2014

Find out what's happening this week below, and for more details and more events, take a look at the full Seattle and Tacoma events calendars.

Mariners Games:

  • May 26-29: Mariners vs. Angels
  • May 30-31: Mariners vs. Tigers

Sounders Games:

  • May 31: Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake at 1 p.m.

Until June 15:

  • Little Shop of Horrors at the Act Theatre

May 27-June 8:

  • Once at Paramount Theatre

May 28:

  • Lady Gaga: The ARTPOP Tour at 7:30 p.m. at KeyArena

May 29-June 1:

  • Joan Osbourne and The Holmes Brothers at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley

May 30:

  • Lionel Richie at 7:30 p.m. at KeyArena

May 31:

  • James Taylor at 8 p.m. at KeyArena

May 31-June 8:

  • Giselle at McCaw Hall

May 31-June 1:

  • Mother Earth News Fair at Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup

Seattle One of the Safest Cities for Walking

Friday May 23, 2014

Walking in Seattle

Seattle is a walkable city with its compact downtown core and pedestrian-friendly residential neighborhoods, but recently our walkable nature got a bit of a boost. Smart Growth America released its Dangerous by Design study, which figured out what cities are most dangerous for walkers.

The good news? Seattle didn't make the list! Instead, the Seattle-Bellevue-Tacoma area ranked among the lowest for pedestrian fatalities. Huzzah! For more about the study as well as which other cities are the safest--and most dangerous--for walkers, check out this list of 10 Most Dangerous Walking Cities.

To aid your Seattle on-foot adventure, SDOT has been so kind to prepare Seattle walking maps for different parts of town.

Photo copyright: Kristin Wall

Things to do in Seattle - Week of 5/19/2014

Monday May 19, 2014

Check out what's happening in the Seattle-Tacoma area this week! For the full events listing, also see the Seattle and Tacoma events calendars.

May 19:

  • Lindsey Stirling at the Crystal Ballroom at 8 p.m.

May 20-21:

  • Spencer Day at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley

May 21:

  • Lindsey Stirling at Showbox at 8 p.m.

May 22-25:

  • The Mariners play the Astros at Safeco Field

May 23:

  • Doug Loves Movies Podcast Taping at Neptune Theatre at 8 p.m.
  • Tech N9ne at Showbox SoDo at 9 p.m.

May 23-25:

  • Crypticon Seattle 2014 at Hilton Seattle Airport

May 24:

  • Christina Perri at Neptune Theatre at 8 p.m.

May 25:

  • LeMay Engine Valve Cover Races at LeMay Marymount Event Center at 1 p.m.

Until June 15:

  • Little Shop of Horrors at Act Theatre

National Burger Month in Seattle

Monday May 12, 2014

Seattle BurgersMay is National Burger Month. As though most of us need an excuse to enjoy a good burger and fries, the nice weather so far in May (most days anyway) adds an extra reason as cook-out season kicks off.

But if you don't feel like firing up the grill, there are plenty of spots in the Seattle with superb burgers to enjoy. My favorite is Katsu Burger just because its non-traditional burgers pack some pretty awesome flavors. Other favorites like Dick's and Uneeda Burger have the more traditional side of things covered.

If you're a vegetarian or prefer to stay away from red meat, never fear! Katsu Burger, Zippy's, Rain City Burgers and other burger joints are able to substitute chicken or veggie patties.

For National Burger Month, also keep an eye out for special burger deals. RN74 will highlight their gourmet burgers all month long as well as offer specials, such as their Burgers and Burgundy pairing for $20 at lunch, happy hour and dinner alike.

For more burger ideas, check out this list of Seattle's best burger joints.

Photo copyright: stu_spivack

Things to do in Seattle in May 2014

Wednesday April 30, 2014

May is here and with it comes two new events calendars loaded with concerts, sports games and more. May is a great month to get out and enjoy the Spring weather!

In later May and early June, several area summer concert series up the ante on the events scene!

The Seattle events calendar for May includes some great happenings. Mariners and Sounders games are in full swing (or in full kick?), headliners from Kenny G to Tech N9ne are performing at area venues, and area festivals and fairs are kicking into high gear for the season.

Tacoma's events calendar is equally celebratory for Spring. Highlights include nature walks in the city's parks, Sesame Street Live at the Tacoma Dome, the Gig Harbor Beer Festival, and the Tacoma Bike Swap at the University of Puget Sound campus--one of the best cyclist events in the area.


Things to do in Seattle - Week of 4/21/2014

Sunday April 20, 2014

While most of the local Earth Day happenings took place this weekend, Earth Day is actually on Tuesday--April 22. Keep an eye out for opportunities to be nice to the environment that day. There are also a few Earth Day events taking place on Tuesday, too.

This week is also prime time to go cherry blossom viewing in Seattle and Tacoma. Don't miss the spectacular blooms at UW, Seward Park and other spots around town.

What else is on this week? Check out the April Seattle and Tacoma events calendars or take a look through the highlights below.

April 21:

  • Mariners vs. Astros at 7:10 p.m.

April 22:

  • Mariners vs. Astros at 7:10 p.m.

April 23:

  • Mariners vs. Astros at 12:40 p.m.
  • Ellie Goulding at 7 p.m. at Paramount Theatre
  • Drive-By Truckers at 8 p.m. at Showbox SoDo
  • Bombay Bicycle Clumb at 8 p.m. at Neptune Theatre

April 24:

  • Franz Ferdinand at 8 p.m. at Showbox SoDo
  • The 1975 at 9 p.m. at Showbox SoDo

April 25:

  • Mariners vs. Rangers at 7:10 p.m.

April 26:

  • Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids at 1 p.m.
  • Mariners vs. Rangers at 6:10 p.m.
  • 2014 Amazing Pet Expos from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Seattle Center
  • The Wanted at 8 p.m. at Showbox SoDo
  • Jake Shimabukuro at 8 p.m. at Paramount Theatre

April 27:

  • Mariners vs. Rangers at 1:10 p.m.
  • Video Games Live at 7:30 p.m. at Paramount Theatre

Easter Brunch Options in Seattle

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Easter brunch can range from a meal at a chain restaurant to an exquisite  affair at a fine restaurant. If you're planning to head out for Easter bunch, but not entirely sure where to go, Open Table is a fabulous resource. The site allows you to search by parts of town, type of cuisine and price point. Or check out one of the options below, including one where you can actually eat the Easter bunny...


Tilth is always a fine option for a holiday meal, with certified organic, wild and often locally sourced ingredients. This year's brunch, headed up by chef Maria Hines, includes Asparagus Salad, Potato Galette, Stuffed French Toast and Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake. The three-course menu is $30 per person with drinks not included.

Fonte Cafe

If you've ever wondered what the Easter Bunny might taste like, Fonte Cafe is serving up your chance to find out. The restaurant will serve Rodger Rabbit Benedict with confit rabbit, Rabbit Stew, Rabbit Frittata and Velveteen Rabbit Pate as well as other non-rabbit menu items.

Aqua by El Gaucho

If you want a ritzy brunch option, look to Aqua by El Gaucho. Their brunch menu features options for everyone, from Banana Walnut Pancakes to Filet Aqua.

Wherever you choose to go, be sure to make reservations! And check out this full listing, if you're looking for other things to do on Easter.

Get a Free Meal at Hard Rock Seattle for Tax Day

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Hard Rock Cafe SeattleIn honor of everybody's favorite day of the year--Tax Day!--Hard Rock Cafe Seattle is giving you the special chance to sing for your supper. Literally. You sing. You get dinner. Because everyone could use a bit of a financial break today.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on April 15, Hard Rock will invite diners up on stage. Choose a song and then sing that song along with a live band. Complete the song and you'll get a free meal. It's that simple. Plus, you get to be a rockstar for a little bit and what better way could there be to put all your tax worries behind you?

The meals you can choose from are all part of the newly launched menu revamp and include: the Grilled Vegetable Sandwich (picture above), Arugula Salad with Shaved Marinated Chicken, Fiesta Burger or Veggie Burger.

Photo copyright: Hard Rock Cafe

Things to do in Seattle - Week of 4/14/2014

Monday April 14, 2014

Spring in Seattle is eventful! This week, don't miss the Hop Scotch Spring Beer & Scotch Festival in Fremont, a fine way indeed to welcome in this sunny weather with a twist. To the south, runners will find a treat at the Cosmic 5K Fun Run in Puyallup. For the full events listing for April, see the Seattle and Tacoma events calendars.

April 13-15:

  • National Geographic Live! Carsten Peter: Extreme Planet at Benaroya Hall

April 16:

  • Diana Krall at 7 p.m. at Paramount Theatre
  • Chromeo at 9 p.m. at The Showbox

April 17-19:

  • Duane Goad at Tacoma Comedy Club

April 18:

  • Cosmic 5K Fun Run at 7 p.m. at Washington State Fair Events Center
  • Chelsea Handler at 7 p.m. at Paramount Theatre
  • Switchfoot at 8:30 p.m. at The Showbox
  • Blackberry Smoke at 9 p.m. at Neptune Theatre

April 18-19:

  • Hop Scotch Spring Beer & Scotch Festival at Fremont Studios

April 18-May 11:

  • The Odd Couple at Lakewood Playhouse

April 19:

  • See the USA at 7:30 p.m. at Pantages Theatre

April 20:

  • Dark Star Orchestra at 8 p.m. at The Showbox

Until April 20:

  • I Love Lucy Live on Stage at Moore Theatre

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